I love making little themed mini books, especially with tags. I like using them to showcase fun little snaps that I catch with my phone. This cute book features fun little pictures of my dog, Cracker Jack.I cut all the tags for the book out of a heavy weight cream cardstock. For the front and back covers, I cut an additional tag out of pattern paper (Carta Bella) for each.
Tip: To make a seamless bond between the pattern paper and the cardstock, adhere one layer to the other with glue stick. Run the assembled piece through your die cutting machine between two cutting pads with a platform. The pressure will create a seamless and secure bond between the two layers.
I adhered a large wool felt die cut heart (Spellbinders Heartfelt die) to the center of the cover tag. I machined stitched a large X through the heart. I embellished the heart with a vintage velvet millinery leaf sprig and adhered it to the heart.
I die cut a Frayed Tab from cream cardstock. I added a hand-lettered a title on the tab. I adhered the tab over the heart and leaf sprig. Next I machine stitched around the edge of the tag, sewing through the ends of the tab.
I die cut teeny tiny flowers (Spellbinders Wreath die set) from pattern paper. I added tiny brads to the center of each flower and adhered them to the leaf sprig around the tab.
I used a hinged ring to hold the tags together. I die cut a round tab (Tab Set 2 die set) from cream cardstock. After folding it, I punched a hole at the top. I added Jack’s name on the tab and tied it to the hinged ring.
I like to use a formula for my inside pages of mini and tag books. I think using a formula makes the book feel cohesive and takes away a lot of the guess work. The pages in this book all feature a small square photo with a vellum mat adhered to a larger rectangle of pattern paper. (The gingham papers are all from Carta Bella and Echo Park.) Each tag is die cut from cream cardstock.
The Shortie Tags die set includes 6 decorative edge dies. You can use the edges in several ways. For this tag book, I die cut the tags and then add a decorative edge to the bottom of each one. To do this, simply die cut the tag first and then run it through your die cut machine a second time with the edge die along the bottom of the tag.
The die set also includes a die for the reinforcer to adhere around the hole in the tag. I die cut it from Ranger’s Sticky Back Canvas.
Each tag also has sentiment handwritten on a Frayed Tab. I used the large pinking edge on this tag.
This tag features the medium scallop edge.
This edge is the small pinking edge.
The edge diess also include a deckle edge, shown here.
The large scallop edge features one large scallop centered on the edge.
This tag features the medium scallop.
I wanted to include 6 tags so that I wouldn’t need to repeat any edges. I had two more photos that I couldn’t leave out so I ended up repeating two edges. Here is the small pinked edge again…
… and the small scallop. These two are my favorite, I love how small they are!
I like to decorate the inside back covers on tag books also. For the front and back covers, I used the tag die and left the edge plain.
I also added an embellished paper clip on this tag. This clip includes a tab from Tab Set One and a felt die cut heart. I have showed this is the same mini heart on several other projects from CHA. It is from an upcoming stamp and die set coming out in May.
The thing I really love about tag books like this one is that it lets me do a little quick and easy memory keeping without it being a long time-consuming project. You can easily create a simple tag book like this one in an afternoon. If you like to add journaling, there is plenty of room on the tag backs to do that also. It gets those little assorted photos and memories off of your phone and onto a page!
This week I will be featuring more ideas for this die set. Come back on Wednesday for more!
PS- Shortie Tag fits in all of my large pocket dies and the Paper Bag Envelope die, so it makes a great insert!